Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards for Childcare

In 2011, Y-USA made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to become the nation’s healthiest childcare provider and help end the childhood obesity epidemic. By adopting and implementing Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in more than 2,700 Ys across the country, the Y is developing healthy habits in more than 700,000 youth with a goal of nearly 2.1 million by 2015. As a cause-driven organization, the Y isn’t merely looking to incorporate HEPA into its early childhood and afterschool programs, but seeks to improve health for youth in every community the Y serves.

The YMCA of Southern Arizona has partnered with the United Way to educate and train childcare sites, both commercial and home based, on implementing HEPA standards across Pima County.


Empowering young children to learn healthy habits for life.


Facilities participating in the Empower Program pledge to adopt 10 standards that support healthy eating, encourage active play, prevent exposure to second- and third-hand smoke, practice sun safety and promote good oral health habits in exchange for reduced licensing fees. For more information click picture below.

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